This blog is one gaijin's attempt to learn Japanese through mnemonics, puns, and general linguistic absurdity.

Looking for Fractalsmith Games? Sorry, but Ed Siewert, the creative force behind Fractalsmith, has decided to focus his efforts on making cheesy Japanese puns instead of cheesy computer games.

Friday, July 29, 2016


Zさん:"Hey Ken! Hi Kay! ひさしぶり! How have you guys been?"
Ken:"Actually we started a musical duo! I play guitar, Kay plays piano, and we both sing."
Kay:"That's right.  We call ourselves the 'Kay-Ken Experience'."
Zさん:"So... けいけん...けいけん?"

Friday, July 22, 2016


Aさん:「Hey, Zさん, I just received a document containing the second quarter financial statement. You know Louie Tanaka in accounting, right? Do me a favor and show Louie the document.」
Zさん:"Sho lui is the document."
Zさん:"Well it is."

Friday, July 15, 2016


Zさん:"Have you heard? Our friend Kisha-chan got a job at a newspaper.  Kisha is literally a reporter!"
Aさん:「Of course kisha is literally a reporter.」
Aさん:「What? 」

Friday, July 8, 2016


Aさん:「What are you cooking?」
Zさん:"Well, first I created a soup of pickles, sauerkraut, and うめぼし.  Then I poured that soup into a pie shell and baked it.  I call the whole thing Soup Pie."
Aさん:「...Yes... yes it is.」

Friday, July 1, 2016


Zさん:"ね、ね、Why don't Japanese people worry about their machines breaking down?"
Aさん:「I don't know, why?」
Zさん:"Because maintenance is いじ!"